Test Descriptions

TerraNova at a Glance:

TerraNova, normed in 2005, is a breakthrough assessment solution for Grades K-12 that measures student achievement relative to state standards and the National Association of Educational Progress frameworks.

CTB/McGraw-Hill recently released the newest version of this family of assessments, TerraNova, which allows home and private schools to purchase the TerraNova for the first time.

Content Area

Objective

Level

Reading

Oral Comprehension

10, 11

Basic Understanding

10-21/22

Analyze Text

11-21/22

Evaluate and Extend Meaning

11-21/22

Reading and Writing Strategies

11-21/22

Introduction to Print

10-12

Language

Sentence Structure

13-21/22

Writing Strategies

13-21/22

Editing Skills

13-21/22

Mathematics

Number and Number Relations

10-21/22

Computation and Numerical Estimation

10-21/22

Operation Concepts

11-21/22

Measurement

10-21/22

Goemetry and Spatial Sense

10-21/22

Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability

10-21/22

Patterns, Functions, Algebra

10-21/22

Problem Solving and Reasoning

10-21/22

Science

Science Inquiry

11-21/22

Physical Science

11-21/22

Life Science

11-21/22

Earth and Space Science

11-21/22

Science and Technology

11-21/22

Personal and Social Perspectives in Science

13-21/22

History and Nature of Science

19-21/22

Social Studies

Geographic Perspectives

11-21/22

Historical and Cultural Perspectives

11-21/22

Civics & Government Perspectives

11-21/22

Economic Perspectives

11-21/22

CAT/5 at a Glance:

The CAT/5, normed in 1991, measures achievement in reading, language, spelling, math, study skills, science, and social studies. These tests are designed to assess how students apply thinking processes; it closely matches the curriculum and teaching methods used in current classrooms and offers carefully selected and analyzed content coverage.

CAT/5 evaluation reports present relevant, accurate results in a variety of forms that can assist the teacher with instructional planning and an understanding of the student’s strengths and weaknesses.

CAT/5 encourages students to do their best work, regardless of their skill status. The tests are directed to offer “creative challenges rather than undue stress.” For instance, advanced students find many challenging test questions, yet lower-achieving students find adequate items on their comprehension level. This allows both types of students the confidence to complete the test with greater amounts of satisfaction rather than discouragement.

The material covers a broad range of subject matter and is formatted in a stimulating and practical context with which the students are already familiar; for example, a reading exercise might appear as a notice on a bulletin board, newspaper article, or a journal entry.

By assessing both knowledge and skills, the CAT/5 makes development of school improvement plans easier and more factual, which allows for a more successful learning environment!

 

CAT/5 Components and Properties:

Complete
Battery

Survey
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Receive Diagnostic Profile
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Skills Assessed
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LEVEL
Content Area K 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21/22
Reading/Language Arts
  Visual Recognition
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  Word Analysis*
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  Spelling CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small CES Logo Small
  Language Mechanics
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  Language Expression
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Mathematics
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  Concepts and Applications
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*Sound Recognition at Level K

 

Complete Battery Test
All the tests of the Basic Skills Battery plus Science and Social Studies at Level 11 and above. Criterion-referenced scores identify student mastery levels; optional thinking skills scores provide a measure of complex cognitive operations.

 

Survey
Accurate, reliable norm-referenced information for Reading, Spelling, Language, Mathematics, Study Skills, Science, and Social Studies, with minimum testing time.

 

CAT/5 tests accurately measure achievement in reading, language, spelling, mathematics, study skills, science, and social studies.

 

CAT/5 Test Content
Test content represents different cultures and covers a broad range of subjects, appealing to all students. For authenticity, artwork simulates the material’s original medium–such as a notice on a bulletin board, a newspaper article, or a journal entry.

Reading
Five reading subtests include two pre-reading tests for Kindergarten, a Word Analysis test for Grades 1-3, and Vocabulary and Comprehension tests for Grades K-12.

Spelling
This subtest for Grades 2-12 assesses three broad areas of spelling skills: vowel sounds, consonant sounds, and structural units.

Language
The Language Mechanics and Language Expression subtests work together to measure a broad range of language and writing skills essential to full literacy. Test items measure the ability to apply standard usage and writing conventions and to develop effective sentences and paragraphs.

Mathematics
The Mathematics Computation and Mathematics Concepts and Applications subtests assess the ability to perform fundamental mathematics operations, apply mathematical concepts, and use a variety of problem-solving strategies.

Study Skills
This subtest for Grades 4-12 measures how well students can carry out independent study using information-processing skills that they can apply across subject areas.

Science
Science items sample knowledge of the natural world and assess inquiry skills. Objectives are carefully targeted to the grade and match common curriculum groups: animal and plant life, matter and energy, and Earth and space sciences.

Social Studies
The Social Studies subtest measures understanding of various disciplines needed for a comprehensive global perspective: geography, economics, history, government, citizenship, sociology, and anthropology.